Jan Jurden

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Superior Court judge has halted all trials and penalty hearings in capital murder cases while Delaware's Supreme Court mulls the constitutionality of the state's death penalty law.

The order was issued Monday President Judge Jan Jurden, head of the Superior Court system. Last week, the Supreme Court accepted several questions submitted by a Superior Court judge regarding the roles of judges and juries in Delaware death penalty cases.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has nominated Judge Jan Jurden to become the first female head of Delaware's Superior Court system.

In a statement Monday, Markell praised Jurden's "skill, dedication, and integrity." If confirmed by the Senate, she would succeed James Vaughn as president judge of Superior Court. Vaughn recently became a state Supreme Court justice.


There are four Democrats now being considered for chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court.

With Delaware home to more than half of the publicly traded companies in the United States it seen as the most influential judicial jobs in corporate America.

While the selection process is confidential, the Wilmington News Journal reports, sources close to the process provided the names of those who submitted applications to the Judicial Nominating Commission.